Apply for and manage your grant

You can find funding opportunities and information on applying for and managing your public transportation grant using our grants-at-a-glance table. This table identifies the name of the grant, application opening date and due dates, award date, and application method.

Apply for a public transportation grant

Below you'll find information for prospective applicants for state and federal grants administered by WSDOT's Public Transportation Division. Grants are funded on a biennial (two-year) basis, though some grant programs may fund projects on a four-year cycle. The following types of organizations qualify for at least some of WSDOT's public transportation grants: cities, counties, nonprofit agencies, private operators, senior centers, special districts (such as schools and ports), state agencies, transit agencies, and tribes.

Grant-funded projects include:

  • Services such as transit; paratransit; transportation for the elderly, people with disabilities, and rural communities; commute trip reduction; and transit-pass programs.
  • Vehicles and equipment such as new buses, rideshare vehicles, and supporting equipment.
  • Infrastructure such as transit centers, park and ride lots, transit-signal-priority systems, and transit lanes.

The Grants Management System is a one-stop hub for public transportation grant applications, invoicing, and more. If the application method shown in the grants-at-a-glance table is in the Grants Management System, you will need to register for system access. Contact the help desk at PTDGMSSupport@wsdot.wa.govor 360-705-7711 for more information on registering for or navigating the Grants Management System.

Grant opportunities

Rural Transit Assistance Program

We're accepting applications for the Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP) grant. For more information see the notice of funding opportunity (PDF 391KB).

RTAP funding assists the design and implementation of training and technical assistance projects, as well as other support services for rural and tribal transportation providers.

Any private or public entity with experience in and capacity for providing one or more of these eligible services are eligible to apply:

  • Conferences, summits, workshops, and other events
  • In-person trainings at your facility or across the state
  • Live online trainings (e.g., webinars) or recordings
  • Peer-to-peer collaboration events, including committee meetings
  • Stand-alone tools and resources

The application is open in the Grants Management System. Applications are due 3 p.m., June 6, 2023.


We will post information here and on the webpages listed in the table below when grant opportunities become available. Applications will only be available between the application opening date and the due date. Applications may be completed using the Grants Management System or through coordination with WSDOT, depending on the grant program. More information is available by contacting our grants team or your community liaison.

Sign up for grant updates

To stay informed about WSDOT public transportation grants, you can register for updates by selecting “Public Transportation Grants” under “Funding” in the GovDelivery menu.

Grants at a glance

This table provides an overview of key dates and application methods for the grants currently administered by WSDOT's Public Transportation Division. We will update this table when grant programs are updated, added or completed.

Grant program

Application open date

Application due date

Approximate award date

Application method

Commute Trip Reduction 2023-2027

June 13, 2023

Not applicable

(odd years)*

Not applicable (formula distribution)

Consolidated 2023-2025 (includes Paratransit/Special Needs, and Rural Mobility competitive grants)

July 21, 2022

Oct. 27, 2022

June 2023

Grants Management System

Discretionary – Bus and Bus Facilities – 5339(b) federal fiscal year 2023 Jan. 27, 2023 April 13, 2023 No later than June 28, 2023 Coordination with WSDOT

Discretionary – Low or No Emissions – 5339(c) federal fiscal year 2023

Jan. 27, 2023

April 13, 2023

No later than June 28, 2023

Coordination with WSDOT

Green Transportation Capital 2023-2025

Aug. 2, 2022

Sept. 29, 2022

May-June 2023

Grants Management System

Paratransit/Special Needs 2023-2025 - formula

May 30, 2023

Not applicable

June 2023

Not applicable (formula distribution)

Public Transit Rideshare 2023-2025

March 15, 2023

April 18, 2023

June 1, 2023

Grants Management System

Regional Mobility 2023-2025

May 12, 2022

June 28, 2022

June 2023

Grants Management System

Rural Mobility 2023-2024 - formula

May 16, 2023

Not applicable

June 2023*

Not applicable (formula distribution)

Rural Transit Assistance 2023-2025

May 10, 2023

June 6, 2023

June 30, 2023

Grants Management System

State Buses and Bus Facilities 2023-2025

Nov. 1, 2022

Jan. 10, 2023

June 2023

Grants Management System

Transit Coordination 2023-2025

March 22, 2023

April 19, 2023

June 2023

Grants Management System

Transit Support Grant 2023-2025

May 2023

Not applicable

June 2023

Not applicable (formula distribution)

Travel Washington Intercity Bus April 10, 2023 May 3, 2023 May 31, 2023 Grants Management System

Tribal Transit Mobility 2023-2025**

July 21, 2022

Oct. 27, 2022

June 2023

Grants Management System

Zero-emissions Access Program 2023-2025

April 12, 2023

May 17, 2023

June 2023

Grants Management System

* Award date for state funds depends on the passage of the transportation budget.

**Tribal transit funds will be awarded through the Consolidated Grant process for the 2023-2025 biennium. Interested tribal applicants must apply through the Consolidated Grant program.

For more information, contact your community liaison  or Evan Olsen at evan.olsen@wsdot.wa.govor 360-705-6929.

Manage your public transportation grant

We provide the following guidebooks, and resources to help your grant administrator manage your grants, and maintain good standing with the Federal Transit Administration, and WSDOT.

Grant management guidebooks


Consolidated Grant management training

Grants Management System training

Procurement resources

Procurement forms and examples below are available on request from

  • Pre-award audit checklist
  • Factory visit inspection checklist
  • Factory trip expense worksheet
  • Acceptance letter sample
  • Buy America audit report sample
  • Post-delivery Buy America and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards certification
  • Post-delivery purchaser requirements certification
  • Road test form
  • Visual inspection form
  • Department of Enterprise Services purchase authorization request
  • Department of Enterprise Services purchase request form
  • Department of Enterprise Services purchase request instructions
  • Policy, plan and performance measurement templates and examples

Policy templates

Templates and examples below are available on request from your community liaison or the WSDOT project manager listed on your agreement:

  • Administrative
  • ADA policy
  • Comment card
  • Comment/complaint policy
  • Drug and alcohol testing program policy
  • Equal employment opportunity policy
  • Ethics policy
  • Harassment prevention policy
  • Title VI policy/plan
  • Unfair competition policy
  • Volunteer driver policy
  • Financial
  • Disadvantaged business enterprise policy/plan
  • Cost allocation plan
  • In-kind valuation plan
  • Capital
  • Asset management plan
  • Vehicle maintenance plan
  • Regional Mobility Grant performance measurement
  • Performance measurement plan: template
  • Performance measurement reporting cover letter: example
  • Performance measurement plan: basic example
  • Performance measurement plan: moderate example
  • Performance measurement plan: complex example

Other forms, documents and guidance

We have more resources to manage your grant, such as information on specific grant agreements, customized reporting and invoices, and documents for grantees on an as-needed basis. For assistance, contact your community liaison, or the WSDOT project manager listed on your agreement.

Asset management

We provide resources and sample forms to public transportation agencies to aid in the development of their transit asset management plans.

A template for transit asset condition reporting, lifecycle analysis or inspection checklists and worksheets is available from Hiep Tran at hiep.tran@wsdot.wa.govor 360-705-7806.

Title VI tools

LEP Language App Map

The LEP Language App Map is maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice and can be used to identify limited English proficiency (LEP) populations by county.

See page 6 of the instructions to use the tool.


EJSCREEN is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and can be used to identify various demographic variables, including race.

Pair the “Report Widget” feature (see instructions page 31), and the Get 2014-2018 ACS report link (see instructions page 45) to create a report of the selected area with U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey data in PDF format.

Washington Tracking Network – Information by Location

The Washington Tracking Network’s Information by Location tool is maintained by the Washington State Department of Health, and can be used to identify populations of persons with disabilities.

Drug and alcohol compliance rules

These U.S. Department of Transportation rules apply to consolidated grants with federal funding and may be used as best practice for other transportation providers.

Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 – Transportation

Substance abuse service providers

More information on managing your grant

For more information, contact your community liaison or Nhan Nguyen at nhan.nguyen@wsdot.wa.govor 360-705-6996.

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